Evangelia is a cultural psychologist interested in the Psychology of Culture and Human Development. Her broad areas of interest are:
- the construction of identities in culturally diverse contexts
- the impact of immigration and cultural change on cultural identity development of children, adolescents and adults,
- identity development in community/supplementary schools
- constructions of childhood (including unaccompanied asylum seekers, language brokers, young carers)
- constructions of family
- the build and space in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Evangelia is a lecturer, teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Evangelia’s research is informed by socio-cultural theory and a dialogical self framework.
Research projects she has been involved with include:
- exploring the impact of cultural change on family, community and identity,
- understanding the experiences of unaccompanied asylum seekers and personnel in a Greek refugee reception centre and the attitudes of the local community towards the refugee minors
- evaluating the opinions of the build and space environment in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (funded by NIHR).
Evangelia’s most recent research is in the area of child language brokering. In collaboration with Tony Cline (UCL) and Sarah Crafter (IoE) she worked on a study on Child Language Brokers in Schools supported by the Nuffield Foundation http://child-language-brokering.weebly.com/final-report.html
- Crofts, M., Hill, K. M., Prokopiou, E. and Rebecca, B. (2018) Safe new spaces: safeguarding students from violence and hate. Poster presented to: Images of Research 2017-2018, The University of Northampton, 31 January – April 2018.
- Prokopiou, E. (2017) Meaningful constructions of identity, community & family in Greece: a cultural psychological and dialogical approach. Invited Keynote presented to: DEI College Event, Thessaloniki, Greece, 20 September 2017.
- Dann, C., Callaghan, J. and Prokopiou, E. (2017) Negotiating feminine positionings as a tattooed woman. Paper presented to: British Psychological Society East Midlands Branch Conference 2017, University of Derby, 13 September 2017.
- Crofts, M., Hill, K. M., Armstrong-Hallam, S., Prokopiou, E. and Callaghan, J. (2017) New Spaces: Safeguarding Students from Violence and Hate. Invited Keynote presented to: London School of Business and Management (LSBM) Learning and Teaching Conference, London School of Business and Management, 04 July 2017.
- Crafter, S., Cline, T. and Prokopiou, E. (2017) Young adult language brokers’ and teachers’ views of the advantages and disadvantages of brokering in school. In: Weisskirch, R. S. (ed.) Weisskirch, Robert S Language Brokering in Immigrant Families: Theories and Contexts. London : Routledge. pp. 1-30.
- Cline, T., Crafter, S. and Prokopiou, E. (2016) Child language brokering in school: when should a child not be used as a language broker? Paper presented to: 3rd International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation (NPIT3), Winterthur, Switzerland, 05-07 May 2016.
- Cline, T., Crafter, S. and Prokopiou, E. (2016) Child language brokering in school: whose interests does it serve? Paper presented to: Division of Educational & Child Psychology (DECP) Annual Conference 2016: Towards an Inclusive Psychology – Do Labels and Diagnoses Help or Hinder?, London, 06-08 January 2016.
- Crafter, S., Prokopiou, E. and Stein, S. (2016) Children’s spaces of mental health: the built environment as places of meaning. In: Evans, B., Horton, J. and Skelton, T. (eds.) Evans, Bethan, Horton, John and Skelton, Tracey Play and Recreation, Health and Wellbeing. Singapore: Spinger. pp. 581-600.